A new era in safety for the NTT IndyCar Series begins on Tuesday at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas as for the first time all 25 cars on track will run with the new aeroscreen fitted.
The new screen has been developed by Rdd Bull Advanced Technologies who partnered wit the NTT IndyCar Series last year to develop the new device which comes in two forms one regular screen and another that has a heated element in it’s to combat condensation.
The screen will also have tear offs similar to the ones on driver visors.
Colton Herta makes the step up to Andretti Autosport in partnership with Harding Steinbrenner Racing following an extremely impressive debut season in 2019 which saw the Valencia, California native dominate the IndyCar Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.
There will be a lot of attention on him to see how he gets on going up against Ryan Hunter Reay, Marco Andretti, Alexander Rossi and Zach Veach this year.
The other big story of the off season is McLaren Racing’s full time return to the NTT IndyCar Series in partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with the team renamed Arrow McLaren SP with new power in Chevrolet.
The team have two new drivers with Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew joining the team.
It is also going to be interesting to see how Chip Ganassi Racing get on this season having expanded to a three car operation with Marcus Ericsson joining the team from Arrow McLaren SP.
The big question on everyone’s lips is how will Scott McLaughlin get on this week with Team Penske after the New Zelander was named as a driver for The Captain’s team where he will race at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
We wait with baited breath as to who James ‘the Mayor of HinchTown’ Hinchcliffe will drive for during the month of May having lost his drive with Arrow McLaren SP at the end of last season which was arguably the biggest shock of the off season.
The two day test this week will be broadcast live via http://IndyCar.com
Paddock Eye will have updates during each day of testing.